This Tour Is Offered by Bamboo Ecotours
- Office In:
- 1-5 employees (Founded in 2012)
- Tour Types:
- Customizable private tours and fixed group tours
Bamboo Ecotours is a Ugandan social enterprise that was founded to promote tourism as a means to transform communities out of poverty. We link travelers to authentic wildlife, cultural and local experiences that directly benefit the traveler and the local communities.
Budget tour to trek the gorillas in Bwindi National Park
I chose Bamboo EcoTours for their budget-friendly option to trek the gorillas in Bwindi National Park. They provided me transportation from Kisoro to Buhoma and return to Kabale. Although my gorilla trekking experience was rather underwhelming, I nevertheless enjoyed the ride as Jackson was very professional and helpful. Perhaps if the tour included a packed lunch for the price I paid that would've been even nicer.
Expert organisation of four-day Gorilla Trek in Uganda
Bamboo Ecotours were really great to deal with. Edison was prompt in answering emails and queries. The trip worked out perfectly and met our expectations without exception. We were able to fit everything into a tight schedule. Our guides Joseph and Herbert were very well organised and made sure we had a good time and were always safe and well looked after. The gorilla trek itself was real highlight and was very well coordinated. It only took one hour to get to the spot where our designated family group appeared to be waiting for us to arrive. We were amazed to find the gorillas sitting around going about their daily business and not bothered by our presence. The thrill of being so close to these wonderful creatures and sensing how comfortable they were was truly beautiful. To know that they were not threatened by us, was the most rewarding experience. We were able to observe them for more than an hour and of course took plenty of great photos and videos of the silver backs, mothers, juveniles and a couple of adorable babies. We also hired (our own expense) a porter to assist with our bags and getting us up and down the muddy mountainside. This was agreed to be very worthwhile. During our four-day tour we also travelled through three other parks and saw a variety of wildlife up close. We got to see nearly all of the creatures mentioned in our itinerary. The accommodation booked by Bamboo Ecotours was of a very high standard and did not disappoint. The guides were very punctual and thorough in their organisation of our tour and we felt we received great value for money. I would highly recommend Bamboo Ecotours to anyone wanting to make a similar trek through Uganda and/or Rwanda.
Great way to see the best of Ugandan Wildlife
I had an amazing experience in Uganda thanks to Bamboo Ecotours. The 5 day tour covers everything! You see Gorillas, do game drives for local wildlife, a game boat ride, and see the chimps. They put the entire package together and made it all work. I would definitely use them again.
We loved our time in Bwindi and Rushaga Gorilla Camp. The warm hospitality of the people was incredibly welcoming and the gorilla trekking was something words can't describe. Edison was extremely responsive, timely, reliable and helpful in organizing our package and I would highly recommend him. The drivers he arranged for us, Fred and Gerald, were also excellent and had a ton of knowledge to share. Fred was very friendly and we appreciated his expertise. Overall, I would strongly recommend Edison for his outstanding service and to experience the majestic gorillas of Uganda.
Great tour, professional company and guide
My friend and I did a 4 day gorilla and lake tour of southern Uganda from Kigali. I would highly recommend both the tour, the company, and our guide Fred. Communication with the company was easy, they were very responsive, payment was easy, the hotels we stayed at were great, and our guide Fred was very professional and had a lot of information to share with us. He was a great driver and also seemed knowledgeable about our questions on local history and culture.
I had hoped to see gorillas interacting with one another, but unfortunately for us our gorilla family were found in a very dense part of the forest so this wasn't possible, and we couldn't see them very well. We did, however, get to see the silverback very clearly. Fortunately were were just 4 tourists in our group so we were able to easily maneuver around each other in the dense vegetation to get a good look at him.
I would also highly recommend doing the 4 day tour and going to the lake. The hotel there was wonderful and the setting gorgeous, with many volcanoes in the background. The lake is swimmable (no bilharzia) and you can rent paddleboards or a canoe, or take a boat across to an island and hike. Lots of options of things to do there. Plus the food was delicious.
I don't normally give 5/5 reviews, but all in all this experience was great!
Other Safaris & Tours21 – Offered by Bamboo Ecotours
4-Day Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimp Trekking at Kalinzu
$1,814 pp (USD)
Rwanda & Uganda: Shared tour (max 4 people per vehicle)
You Visit: Kigali (Start), Bwindi NP (Gorillas), Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth NP), Kalinzu FR (Chimps), Kigali (End)
5-Day Gorilla Trekking and Canoeing at Lake Bunyonyi
$1,750 to $1,850 pp (USD)
Rwanda & Uganda: Shared tour (max 5 people per group)
Mid-rangeLodge & Resort
You Visit: Kigali (Start), Bwindi NP (Gorillas), Mgahinga Gorilla NP (Gorillas), Lake Bunyonyi, Kampala (End)
9-Day Western Uganda Midrange Wildlife Safari
$3,474 pp (USD)
Uganda: Shared tour (max 4 people per vehicle)
You Visit: Entebbe (Start), Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls NP, Kibale NP (Chimps), Bigodi Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth NP, Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth NP), Bwindi NP (Gorillas), Entebbe (End)
8-Day Gorillas, Murchison Falls and Kibale Chimp Trek
$2,147 to $2,247 pp (USD)
Rwanda & Uganda: Shared tour (max 6 people per vehicle)BudgetLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Entebbe (Start), Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls NP, Kibale NP (Chimps), Queen Elizabeth NP, Kazinga Channel (Queen Elizabeth NP), Bwindi NP (Gorillas), Kigali (End)
10-Day Western Uganda Budget Wildlife Safari
$2,768 to $2,849 pp (USD)
Rwanda & Uganda: Shared tour (max 4 people per vehicle)BudgetLodge & Tented Camp
You Visit: Kampala (Start), Murchison Falls NP, Kibale NP (Chimps), Rwenzori Mountains (Mountain Range), Queen Elizabeth NP, Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth NP), Bwindi NP (Gorillas), Mgahinga Gorilla NP (Gorillas), Kigali (End)
3-Day Bwindi Gorilla Trek and Lake Bunyonyi Budget Tour
$1,219 pp (USD)
Rwanda & Uganda: Shared tour (max 6 people per group)BudgetLodge & Resort
You Visit: Kigali (Start), Bwindi NP (Gorillas), Lake Bunyonyi, Kigali (End)